Disable Airport on iBook G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mlofoto, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2011
    Charlotte NC
    I have an iBook G4, 1.33mhz and am experiencing kernal panics upon startup. When I disable Airport using Safe-Boot through the terminal using:
    /sbin/mount -uw /
    cd /System/Library/Extensions
    mv AppleAirPort.kext /
    mv AppleAirPort2.kext /
    it will restart fine. Problem is this: When I shut-down the computer, the next time I restart, I have to start in Safe-Boot again, disable airport, and restart. Is there a solution to permanently disable airport?

  2. macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2011
    Remove the card or reinstall the OS.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2011
    Charlotte NC
    Removing the card is...do-able but difficult. You have to take the entire case apart and go all the way to the logic board. I have reloaded and upgraded the OS and it doesn't help..

  4. macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2011
    Looks to be a failed card if the OS install didn't fix it.
  5. misshelene, Feb 3, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012

    macrumors newbie


    Feb 3, 2012
    Ama'r, Copenhagen, Denmark
    I had the same problem. This is how i solved it.

    The model of iBook G4 i use is from mid 2005 so there is no option of removing the AirPort card since it's kinda hot-wired into the rest of the electronics.

    And there is no way of turning it off in OpenFirmware like on the BIOS on a PC.

    This is how i got it working.

    Start the machine in safe-mode.

    Start terminal.

    type "sudo -s" (and provide root/admin password - if any).

    Go to "/System/Library/Extensions" and delete every file having the dreaded "AppleAirPort*" in them... There usually is 2 or 3, named "AppleAirPort.kext", "AppleAirPort1.kext", "AppleAirPort2.kext", you get it.

    Just type "rm AppleAirPort*".

    Reboot your machine. That should do it. But every time an update installs those files simply delete them.. Works for me :)

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